Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

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How do we make classic mashed potatoes both exciting and healthy? Let’s replace butter with any healthy oil, including almond, walnut, grapeseed, safflower, or sunflower. Use light cream in place of the regular cream. Those two steps reduce the fat and calories in these mashed potatoes a great deal, and add nutrients!

Wrapping the mashed potatoes with spinach not only gives the dish a creative look, but it adds nutrients as well. Spinach is high in antioxidants, iron, and calcium. 

Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

2 servings

Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 122 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 11 mg | Sodium: 213 mg | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 3 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4


  • 5 ounces spinach, choose large leaves
  • 9 ounces potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil (can be replaced with walnut oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil)


  1. Over high heat, in a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the spinach for about 30 seconds.
  2. In a waiting bowl with ice and water, put the spinach inside to stop the cooking.
  3. Spread out the spinach on a plate and pat dry the spinach carefully. Set aside.
  4. In the same pot where you cooked the spinach, cook the potatoes for about 20 minutes or until they are tender.
  5. Mash the potatoes in a bowl then mix in the oil, milk or buttermilk, salt and pepper. Divide the potatoes over the leaves and fold the spinach leaves to cover.

Here are more potato recipes to enjoy:

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Orange Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Styled

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Two Ways: Candied Maple or Savory & Herby

Twice-Baked Potatoes

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2 Comments on "Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach"

  1. Jessie  March 14, 2017

    Uhhh where’s the rest of the directions? I’m assuming to scoop the mashed potatoes in the spinach and fold it?

    • Gale Compton  March 14, 2017

      Jessie, Divide the potatoes over the leaves and fold the spinach leaves to cover. Flip over the filled leaves and serve.


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